Added on 11 September 2017 at 16:46There is 1 related update to this story
Assistant Chief Constable Caroline Peters has expressed her gratitude to the residents affected by the ongoing incident on Hastings Close in Bristol.
ACC Peters said: “I would like to thank all those affected by the incident on Hastings Close for their ongoing patience and support.
“I do not for a second underestimate how unsettling it is for them to be away from their homes and the frustration they must feel.
“From the outset our priority has always been their safety and we are working as hard as we can to get them back in their homes as soon as possible.
“We are very sympathetic to all their concerns and are working closely with Bristol City Council to ensure all their needs are met.
“We are constantly looking to provide updates to all those affected but given the complex situation which we are faced with, it has not always been possible to share as much information as we would like.
“There are a significant number of hazardous substances within the property and until we are certain what they are, we cannot risk lifting the cordon.
“We have had to bring in specialist scientists as well as experts from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit to examine the substances and I am pleased to say they have almost completed their work.
“This has been an extremely unusual and dynamic incident and while I’m hoping we’ll see a conclusion today, I won’t make any promises until I’m satisfied that it’s completely safe for people to return home.
“One man remains in hospital as a result of the injuries he sustained in the fire and I can confirm he has been arrested. Officers will be questioning him as soon as he is well enough.
“I do not want to speculate on the circumstances which led to the fire but we do believe this to be an isolated incident and we have no reason to believe it is in any way connected to terrorism.”